PITTSBURGH — The Steelers today agreed to terms on a five-year deal with 2010 first-round draft pick, center Maurkice Pouncey. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Pouncey was in transit today and expected to arrive at the team's training camp in time for the first official practice on Saturday, July 31.
Pouncey (6-4, 304) was the 18th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and was the first center selected in the first round by the Steelers since Mike Basrak in 1937. Pouncey, who is versatile enough to play offensive guard, started 39-of-41 games that he appeared in during his three-year college career at Florida.
In 2009, Pouncey became the first player in school history to win the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's top center. He was a unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice and received second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press. Pouncey did not allow a quarterback sack or a pressure, nor was he penalized during any of his team's 919 offensive snaps during his final college season.